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Top Cow Productions for July -- and much more!!!

DARK HORSE COMICS FOR JULY

Dark Horse Comics has provided The Continuum its solicitations for July.

For a rundown, with images, CLICK HERE.

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SMALLVILLE: "SLEEPER"

The CW has released a description of "Sleeper," the Thursday, April 24 episode of Smallville.

Here's how the network describes the episode:

"Clark (Tom Welling) desperately searches for Kara (Laura Vandervoort) and Brainiac (guest star James Marsters, as Brainiac is the only one who can reverse Lana's (Kristin Kreuk) condition. Clark asks Chloe (Allison Mack) to check any large power surges in the area, so she breaks into several government computers, setting off alarms.

"Jimmy (Aaron Ashmore) is caught between the Department of Security - who threatens him with jail time unless he helps them arrest Chloe - and Lex (Michael Rosenbaum), who offers to help clear Chloe if Jimmy agrees to be in his debt."

The episode is written by Caroline Dries and directed by Whitney Ransick.

Look for more Smallville news soon here in The Continuum.

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DEVIL'S DUE TO TELL ORIGIN OF VOLTRON

Devil's Due Publishing has announced a July launch for Voltron: A Legend Forged, a five-issue mini-series.

A Legend Forged will bring the Voltron Force face to face with a spectacular quest, 1,200 years into the past. Everything Voltron fans know about the iconic machine will be changed forever.

DDP President Josh Blaylock will write the series, with newly designed concepts by G.I. Joe: America's Elite artist Mike Bear. Issue #1 will also feature covers by Blaylock, Tim Seeley, Jenny Frison and E.J. Su.

"As a longtime Voltron fan, this is exactly the kind of backstory I've always wanted to read, and I think it's going to turn a lot of heads," Blaylock said. "It's true to the characters and the Voltron universe, and plays with the fantasy elements of this magic/sci-fi hybrid more than ever before."

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BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: "ESCAPE VELOCITY"

SciFi Channel has released five images from "Escape Velocity," the Friday, April 25 episode of Battlestar Galactica.

The images show Tricia Helfer as Number Six, Michael Hogan as Col. Saul Tigh, Edward James Olmos as Admiral William Adama, Mary McDonnell as Laura Roslin, James Callis as Dr. Gaius Baltar, Aaron Douglas as Tyrol and Rekha Sharma as Tory Foster.

SciFi has yet to release a description for the episode.

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THE SIMPSONS: "APOCALYPSE COW"

Zooey Deschanel is making a guest voice appearance in "Apocalypse Cow," the Sunday, April 27 episode of The Simpsons on Fox.

Here's how Fox describes the episode:

"When Bart joins the 4-H Club, he unexpectedly falls in love with a cow named Lou. But when Bart finds out that Lou has been sold to a slaughterhouse, he becomes determined to save him. Bart and Lisa free Lou from the slaughterhouse, and Bart gives the cow to Mary, a fellow 4-H Club member.

"However, Mary's father mistakenly believes Bart is giving them the cow as a dowry for Mary's hand in marriage. When Homer and Marge hear of Bart's engagement, they devise a plan to save Lou and free Bart from his marriage."

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INVINCIBLE IRON MAN COVERS

Marvel Comics on Monday released all five cover images for Invincible Iron Man #1.

The newly released variant cover images come from Bob Layton, Billy Tan and Marko Djurdjevic. They join the 50/50 covers by series artist Salvador Larroca and Joe Quesada.

The series, written by Matt Fraction, launches on May 7, the Wednesday after the Iron Man movie opens.

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TOP COW'S FRESHMEN: SUMMER VACATION SPECIAL

Top Cow Productions on Monday annoucned that the Freshmen: Summer Vacation Special, scheduled to ship in June, will feature new bonus material in addition to a new story written by Hugh Sterbakov.

Freshmen is a Top Cow comic book series co-created by Sterbakov and actor Seth Green.

"We're going to have a bevy of extras, including a new, back-up text story written by yours chubbily, in addition to some pin-ups and other goodies," said Sterbakov. "Also, as a special bonus just for our readers and hidden deep within these pages will be the true, honest, secret of the universe. Believe it. Or not."

The 48-page one-shot will contain bonus pin-ups from interior artist Sheldon Mitchell, including one that pays homage to characters from the Star Wars franchise, a favorite of Sterbakov and Green's. Other extras include a bonus story by Sterbakov, character style sheets, a photo parade of the creators and pin-ups by Rick Basaldua and Filip Sablik.

The main story picks up chronologically after the end of the second series, Fundamentals of Fear. "We wanted to do a stand-alone adventure story to show what our kids are up to post second series without getting into the bigger stories of a third series," Green said.

In the issue, Green Thumb (aka Charles Levy), who can communicate with plants, needs the team's help in dealing with his amorous houseplant. "This is an action-driven story in which Charles' lovelorn plant returns in a whole new form to wreak devastating havoc on the school, and it's told through the dazed haze of the Intoxicator," Sterbakov said.

Green, Sterbakov and Mitchell will appear at the Top Cow booth at Comic-Con International on July 24-27.

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FIRST LOOKS

For covers and three- to five-page previews of upcoming titles, CLICK HERE.

Titles include The Foundation #4 from Boom! Studios, Halloween: Nightdance #3 from Devil's Due Publishing and Usagi Yojimbo #111 from Dark Horse Comics.

For previews of DC Comics titles arriving in stores on April 9, CLICK HERE.

For previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on April 9, CLICK HERE.

For previews of Image Comics titles arriving in stores on April 9, CLICK HERE.

For previews of Archie Comics titles arriving in stores on April 9, CLICK HERE.

For previews of Red 5 Comics titles arriving in stores in April, CLICK HERE.

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JUNE SOLICITATIONS ROUNDUP

For previously posted June solicitations, click on the publishers' names below:

* Antarctic Press.

* Ape Entertainment.

* Arcana Studio.

* Archie Comics.

* Aspen Comics.

* Avatar Press.

* Big City Comics .

* Bongo Comics.

* Boom! Studios.

* Dabel Brothers Productions.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* DC Comics.

* Devil's Due Publishing.

* Digital Webbing.

* Desperado Publishing.

* Dynamite Entertainment.

* IDW Publishing.

* Image Comics.

* Marvel Comics.

* Moonstone Books.

* Oni Press.

* Radical Publishing.

* Red 5 Comics.

* Top Cow Productions.

* Viper Comics.

* Zenescope Entertainment.

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BRIEFLY

* Marvel Comics has announced that writer Duane Swierczynski and artist Travel Foreman are the new creative team on The Immortal Iron Fist, beginning with #17 in July.

* According to The Hollywood Reporter, Davis Entertainment has acquired the rights to Boom! Studios' North Wind, with writer David DiGilio attached. John Davis will produce, along with Boom!'s Andrew Cosby and Ross Richie.

* Heroes' Kristen Bell will be a guest on CBS' The Late Show with David Letterman on Tuesday, April 15.

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COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES

In case you missed The Continuum's coverage over the past month, here are some links. Click on the date to get the day's full report.

* Wednesday, April 2: Birds of Prey, Knight Rider, XIII, First Looks and American Flagg.

* Tuesday, April 1: Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff, Witchblade DVD, The Simpsons and First Looks.

* Monday, March 31: The Spectacular Spider-Man, Jim Mooney dies, Battlestar Galactica, First Looks, Archie Comics' "Freshman Year" and Aspen Comics for June.

* Sunday, March 30: Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards and Archie First Looks.

* Saturday, March 29: Smallville, DC First Looks and Marvel First Looks. Free shipping of orders of 3 products or more!

* Friday, March 28: Marvel First Looks and Image First Looks.

* Thursday, March 27: The Batman, Teen Titans, Dark Horse First Looks, Radical Publishing for June and Arcana Studio for June.

* Wednesday, March 26: Dynamite Entertainment for June, Antarctic Press for June, Desperado Publishing for June, First Looks and Image Comics' Aletheia.

* Tuesday, March 25: The Spectacular Spider-Man, Legion of Super Heroes, Hugh Jackman at Virgin Comics, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks, Marvel Comics First Looks, Zenescope Entertainment for June and Battlestar Galactica.

* Monday, March 24: Battlestar Galactica: "Six of One," Avatar Press for June, Red 5 Comics for June, Dabel Brothers Productions for June, First Looks, Image Comics' War Heroes and

* Sunday, March 23: Boom! Studios for June, Big City Comics for June, Dark Horse Comics First Looks and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Saturday, March 22: Marvel First Looks, Viper Comics for June and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer on HBO.

* Friday, March 21: Devil's Due Publishing for June and Marvel First Looks.

* Thursday, March 20: The Spectacular Spider-Man, Y: The Last Man movie, Batman Gotham Knight voices, Oni Press for June, First Looks and The Incredible Hulk video game.

* Wednesday, March 19: Image Comics for June, Bongo Comics for June, IDW's Transformers: All Hail Megatron, SciFi Channel's new projects, First Looks and Transformers: Animated in April.

* Tuesday, March 18: Marvel Comics for June, Top Cow Productions for June, Marvel Comics First Looks, IDW Publishing's Angel plans, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Legion of Super Heroes and Battlestar Galactica.

* Monday, March 17: DC Comics for June, IDW Publishing for June, Archie Comics for June, Sgt. Rock movie and Marvel Studios/FX deal.

* Sunday, March 16: From Wizard World Los Angeles -- Mondo Marvel and Avatar Press panels; and DC First Looks.

* Saturday, March 15: From Wizard World Los Angeles -- Secret Invasion, X-Men, DC Universe, Lou Ferrigno and Aspen Comics panels.

* Friday, March 14: From Wizard World Los Angeles -- Cup O' Jeph, Spider-Man, DC Nation and Arthur Suydam panels; Universal/Dark Horse deal, Marvel First Looks and Image First Looks.

* Thursday, March 13: The Spectacular Spider-Man, Aspen postpones Soulfire, Bluewater Productions First Looks and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Wednesday, March 12: Incredible Hulk movie, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Moonstone Books for July and First Looks.

* Tuesday, March 11: The Spectacular Spider-Man's Ben Diskin, X-Men Origins: Wolverine's Dominic Monaghan, Legion of Super Heroes, Paramount options Harbinger, First Looks and DC Comics roundup.

* Monday, March 10: Incredible Hulk movie, First Looks, IDW's Snaked optioned and Transformers on Cinemax.

* Sunday, March 9: Dark Horse First Looks, Boom! First Looks and Image First Looks.

* Saturday, March 8: Smallville's James Marsters, Dark Horse Comics for June and First Looks.

* Friday, March 7: Heroes' Eriko Tamura, The Spectacular Spider-Man's Crispin Freeman and Marvel First Looks.



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